Seven vie for school board positions
Ryan Summerlin September 28, 2005
Name: Christine ScanlanAge: 41Town of residence: DillonOccupation: Senior vice president, chief operating officer of the Keystone Center and Science SchoolTime in Summit County: 11 yearsPrior experience with public education: Appointed to fill vacancy on the board in May 2004, worked with district accountability committee, has daughters in tenth, ninth, and sixth grades in Summit schools.Reasons for running: “I’ve served on the board now about a year and a half and I would really like to see through some of the great work that we’ve got going, specifically a comprehensive plan at the high school, everything from academic offerings and programs to increasing our graduation rate and meeting the needs of all our kids.”
Plans for Summit schools: Scanlan wants to see the middle school develop into two learning communities, per the construction plans. She also wants to continue the contract dialogues begun last year with the district’s teachers, and wants to see the Dillon Valley dual language program succeed. Name: Erin MajorAge: 45Town of residence: Near MontezumaOccupation: Owner of Hallmark store in Frisco; dental hygenistTime in Summit County: 20 years
Prior experience with public education: Has tenth and eighth graders in Summit schools, involved with PTSA, appointed to fill vacancy on the board last April.Reasons for running: “I’m very optimistic about the direction this board is taking. It’s moving the district in a positive direction with regards to assessment and increasing not only our educational aids to the kids, but also in making sure kids are getting what they need to move forward after Summit High School.”Plans for Summit schools: Major is currently on the Early Childhood Options and School-to-Career committees through the board, and would like to continue her work with both committees. She wants to improve mathematics at the middle and high schools and wants to see the International Baccalaureate program implemented effectively. Name: Sheila GronemanAge: 50+Town of residence: Silverthorne
Occupation: Director of Summit County Head Start, employed with Early Childhood optionsTime in Summit County: 25 yearsPrior experience with public education: Elementary school teacher, two children that graduated from Summit schools, 10 years on district accountability committeeReasons for running: “Education has always been important to me; it’s what most of my professional career has been, with education and young children. Being involved in our local educational system has always been something that interested me. I enjoy staying informed about current educational issues.”Plans for Summit schools: “I know that I bring a voice and a representation for early childhood and primary grades. Often we’re focused on secondary education, the end product, and not much focus on where we begin. Not that one is more important than the other, but I think that’s a balance I can bring to the board.”Name: Boyd Mitchell
Age: 53Town of residence: DillonOccupation: Driver (draft horses and trucks)Time in Summit County: 27 yearsPrior experience with public education: Served on district accountability committee; wife a teacher in Summit schools for 15 yearsReasons for running: “I think I can make a difference; I have energy and I’m very interested in the relationship between our community and the school district.” Plans for Summit schools: “I’d like to continue the work that’s been started on establishing confidence in the school district among our residents – not just people who have children in school, but throughout the community.” The community must have an excellent understanding of what the school is doing with its tax dollars, Mitchell said.
Name: Hilary CarlsonAge: 63Town of residence: SilverthorneOccupation: RetiredTime in Summit County: Longtime Denver resident Carlson has owned a house in Summit County since 1991 and moved here full-time in July.Prior experience with public education: History and English teacher, college advisor, high school principal.
Reasons for running: “Being on the school board and hoping that I could be a help to the district, that would be a pleasure. I’m attracted to it because it’s a district that is ambitious and small enough to be able to do things.” Plans for Summit schools: “It’s really about how you support the people who are making the plans and how do you encourage them to make more ambitious plans.” Carlson said the larger size of the middle school and high school makes them the biggest challenges in the district, compared to the small elementary schools. Preschool programs and post-graduation options are also areas of interest for her.Name: Boot GordonAge: 81Town of residence: SilverthorneOccupation: Ski instructor
Time in Summit County: 34 yearsPrior experience with public education: Teacher in public and private schools, assistant principal, principal and headmaster.Reasons for running: “To improve the school system.” Referencing a letter written by state Rep. Gary Lindstrom that spoke of how important local officials were to the county, Gordon said school board members were more important, “Because they can improve education, which means improving your kid’s education and life on this planet. It’s the most important job in the county.” Plans for Summit schools: Gordon would like to build a replica historic mining town to allow high school students to learn business (through tourism) and other subjects first-hand. His other goals include improving the nutrition of school food and creating a preschool program modeled after the United Nations-studied program in the Italian town of Reggio Emilia. Name: Tony FlitcraftAge: 73
Town of residence: FriscoOccupation: U.S. Army, retiredTime in Summit County: 10 years Prior experience with public education: NoneReasons for running: “I’m a taxpayer, and I want to see my money well-spent. There was an exchange of letters to the editor from me criticizing the board for various actions, and in the process somebody said, ‘Why don’t you get off your tail and do something rather than sit on the sidelines and critique?’ so here I am.” Plans for Summit schools: Flitcraft would like to see English language programs stressed for the Spanish-speaking students in the district, in addition to American history and culture, he said. Forming a collaborative program between the school district and local employers of Mexican immigrants – often the parents of the Spanish-speaking children – is also a priority of Flitcraft’s.
Important Election Dates- Today: Absentee ballots available; pick one up at the Old County Courthouse at 208 E. Lincoln in Breckenridge or request one be sent via U.S. Post by calling (970) 453-3479.- Monday, Oct. 17: Early voting begins at the Old County Courthouse. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Colorado ID is required to vote.- Friday, Oct. 21: Last day to request an absentee ballot for mail delivery- Friday, Oct. 28: Early voting ends- Tuesday, Nov. 1: Election DayA second forum featuring the candidates for the Summit School District board of directors race is planned for Oct. 20.